Ta Prohm is one of the most iconic temples in the ancient city of Angkor. The temple of Ta Prohm was built some time from the end of the 12th to the beginning of the 13th centuries. While most of the other main temples in the Angkor complex have been largely reconstructed, cleaned up, or restored, Ta Prohm has been left alone, and for good reason. It is the growth of giant trees in, around, and literally on the temple that make it
so popular amongst tourists.
At about 850 years old, it is the temple that actually predates the trees in Ta Prohm as they started to grow after the city was abandoned and after centuries of neglect.
I’ve read that the trees in Ta Prohm and Preah Khan are the main sources of conversation when people blog about Angkor, and I am not about to buck the trend. After all, no one comes to this temple and avoids the trees just because everyone else thinks it’s cool.
It an amazing atmosphere that is created because it is not something that can be replicated in artificial conditions. In recent years, the popularity of this temple has skyrocketed, especially after the movie Tomb Raider was filmed here.
Just like Angkor Wat, don’t be afraid to roam around. There are lots of awesome animals all over the ruins including lizards and some pretty gnarly mushrooms (not that kind). On the inside of the ruins, if you look carefully, you will find some pretty interesting carvings all over. Walking around the outside of the temple lets you appreciate how Ta Prohm is actually surrounded by a very dense jungle. Take your time here, and you will see why Ta Prohm is my favorite temple in the ancient Khmer city of Angkor.